The meaning of bail is when a person is released from custody when being charged with an offence they had committed, they will have to appear in court to answer the charge, This undertaking is a pledge they make when they sign the bail bond entitling them to conditional freedom. If a person on bail doesn’t appear when required to do so can be arrested and may be charged with a criminal offence.
The police can release a suspect on bail while they make further inquiries; this means the suspect is released from custody on condition that they return to the police station on a specific date in the future.
The police also give bail to the suspect who has been charged with an offence, the defendant in this situation is then granted bail on condition that they must appear at the Magistrates court on a specified date that’s given to the suspect.
The decision whether or not to grant bail is made by the custody officer under s38 of the Police and Criminal Evidence act 1984 but the custody officer can refuse to grant bail if the suspects name and address cannot be detained or there are doubts about whether the suspects name an d address are genuine.
If any person fails to surrender to police bail on the date specified, then the police have the right to arrest the suspect.
Conditions on Police Bail
The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 gave the police the power to impose certain conditions on a grant of bail such as asking the suspect to surrender their passport, to report regularly to the police station and getting another person to stand surety for them.
These conditions can be imposed in order to make sure the suspect surrenders to bail, does not commit an offence whilst on bail, does not interfere with witnesses and does not interfere in any way with the course of justice.
Restrictions on the Right to Bail
In certain cases there is a restriction on the right to bail this could be that the suspect has repeated a serious offence...